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Archive for January 6th, 2014

President Obama: Time to pass bipartisan legislation to extend emergency unemployment insurance

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WASHINGTON, DC— President Obama said Congress should act to extend emergency unemployment insurance for more than one million Americans who have lost this vital economic lifeline while looking for a job.  Letting emergency unemployment insurance expire not only harms American families, but it is also a drag on the overall economy. The President urges both parties to pass the bipartisan three-month extension under consideration in the Senate so that we can once again focus on expanding opportunities for the middle class and creating jobs for all hardworking Americans.

The president’s Weekly Address January 4, 2014

Hi, everybody, and Happy New Year.

This is a time when we look ahead to all the possibilities and opportunities of the year to come – when we resolve to better ourselves, and to better our relationships with one another.  And today, I want to talk about one place that Washington should start – a place where we can make a real and powerful difference in the lives of many of our fellow Americans right now.

Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job.  Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire.  And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all.

We make this promise to one another because it makes a difference to a mother who needs help feeding her kids while she’s looking for work; to a father who needs help paying the rent while learning the skills to get a new and better job.  And denying families that security is just plain cruel.  We’re a better country than that.  We don’t abandon our fellow Americans when times get tough – we keep the faith with them until they start that new job.

What’s more, it actually slows down the economy for all of us.  If folks can’t pay their bills or buy the basics, like food and clothes, local businesses take a hit and hire fewer workers.  That’s why the independent Congressional Budget Office says that unless Congress restores this insurance, we’ll feel a drag on our economic growth this year.  And after our businesses created more than two million new jobs last year, that’s a self-inflicted wound we don’t need.

So when Congress comes back to work this week, their first order of business should be making this right.  Right now, a bipartisan group in Congress is working on a three-month extension of unemployment insurance – and if they pass it, I will sign it.  For decades, Republicans and Democrats put partisanship and ideology aside to offer some security for job-seekers, even when the unemployment rate was lower than it is today.  Instead of punishing families who can least afford it, Republicans should make it their New Year’s resolution to do the right thing, and restore this vital economic security for their constituents right now.

After all, our focus as a country this year shouldn’t be shrinking our economy, but growing it; not narrowing opportunity, but expanding it; not fewer jobs, but doing everything we can to help our businesses create more of the good jobs that a growing middle class requires.

That’s my New Year’s resolution – to do everything I can, every single day, to help make 2014 a year in which more of our citizens can earn their own piece of the American Dream.

After five years of working and sacrificing to recover and rebuild from crisis, we have it within our power, right now, to move this country forward.  It’s entirely up to us.  And I’m optimistic for the year that lies ahead.

Thank you, and have a great weekend.

Simon: New Year, New Law to Assist Emergency Responders

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) will ring in the New Year with the ability to provide more patient services under a new law backed by Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and recently approved by Governor Pat Quinn. Sponsored by Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) and Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Champaign), the legislation aims to enable Illinois EMTs to better provide potentially lifesaving services during emergency calls.

“This measure can help make sure EMTs are able to use all of their skills and training to save lives,” said Simon, chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council. “Thanks to the hard work and leadership of Rep. Moffitt and Sen. Rose, we can celebrate the new year with an important new law.”

Ambulance services can be delivered at various levels, ranging from basic life support to advanced life support and specialty care transport. Currently, EMTs may provide services only at their assigned ambulance level, even though they may have individual training to provide a higher level of service.  Under House Bill 2778, a licensed EMT may perform medical services compliant with his or her level of education or training, regardless of the level of their ambulances.

The legislation is a result of recommendations released by the House Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Task Force. Simon testified in support of streamlining regulations for EMTs and hosted an EMS Summit in Springfield in October. A number of providers gathered to discuss ways to further improve EMS delivery in Illinois.

“This legislation will potentially raise the level of emergency medical service that may be provided by a rural volunteer ambulance service from EMT Basic up to a Paramedic response. This increased level of medical care will improve the chances of saving more lives. I commend Governor Quinn for signing this legislation into law,” said Moffitt. “The more we can do to enhance the level of care provided by volunteer ambulance services, the more lives will be saved.”

“HB 2778 is intended to provide life saving advanced care to citizens and visitors to rural areas,” said McLean County Area EMS System Director Greg Scott. “The Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, chaired by Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, the American Heart Association, the Illinois EMS Alliance, and the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois were all instrumental in the development of this legislation and was sponsored by Representative Don Moffitt and Senator Chapin Rose.”

Simon recently toured the Rockford Health System EMS building, met with the Rockford Fire Department and Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District, and visited the Jackson County Ambulance Service in Carbondale to learn more about the challenges faced and work done by local EMS providers.

Lt. Governor Simon is the chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, and enhancing emergency medical services is a part of the council’s strategic plan for rural Illinois.

Governor Quinn opens more than 100 warming centers to help residents beat the bitter cold

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State agencies urge safety during record low temperature

CHICAGO, IL – Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s warming centers as temperatures across the state dip to dangerous lows. The state has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide respite from the bitter cold.

“The state will do everything it can to protect residents during the severe cold that’s coming our way,” Governor Quinn said. “We also urge citizens to be aware of the serious health problems that can result from prolonged exposure to the cold, and I urge everyone to take special precautions to stay safe during this cold snap.”

The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers are open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to the IDHS warming centers, the Illinois Tollway Oases in the Chicago area are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department on Aging are also encouraging relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone.

Older persons are more susceptible to the cold, so seniors should set their thermostats above 65 degrees. People who lower the thermostat to reduce heating bills risk developing hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition in which the body temperature drops dangerously low. Also at an increased risk are older people who take certain medications, drink alcohol, lack proper nutrition and who have conditions such as arthritis, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

The following are some tips that seniors are encouraged to do to best handle cold temps:

· Dress in layers, both indoors and outdoors. Keep active. Make a list of exercises and activities to do indoors when you can’t get out.

· Eat well and drink 10 glasses of water daily; Stock up on non-perishable food supplies, just in case.

· Keep extra medications in the house. If this is not possible, make arrangements to have someone pick up and deliver your medications.

· Do not shovel snow or walk in deep snow. Plan now for someone else to shovel the snow. The strain from the cold and hard labor could cause a heart attack; sweating can lead to a chill and even hypothermia.

To find a warming center near you, call the IDHS hotline at (800) 843-6154 or visit www.keepwarm.illinois.gov.

PurchaseBlack.com: Buy Black in the New Year

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Make it Your Resolution to Support the African American Business Community This Year with PurchaseBlack.com

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – As the holiday shopping season comes to a close, PurchaseBlack.com wants shoppers to continue to support the African American business community and buy black in the New Year.

“After the gifts are given away, you are still going to have birthdays, need school clothes, hair conditioner, shaving products, and lots of other things throughout the year. Those things are available on our website because we want you to support African American businesses all year long,” says founder Brian Williams.

His website, www.PurchaseBlack.com, is a platform where Black owned & Black servicing businesses sell their products directly through their own webstores similar to Amazon marketplace. Categories include hair care, skin care, gifts, clothes, accessories, art and décor. PurchaseBlack chooses each company on the site through an application that is open to any business, as long as they offer high quality, well made products that African Americans love.

African Americans have a buying power of over 1.1 trillion dollars, which is enough to be the 16th largest economy on earth. “That type of buying ability is powerful,” says Williams. “Directing this buying power towards African American businesses can not only build a stronger community, but also a stronger country. The positive effects can be astounding and we want to direct that to grow businesses on PurchaseBlack.com.”

A few webstores on the site includes a skin care products company for men of color, an award winning hair care company, a natural hair and skin care company, and a new luxury clothing line that just recently launched, all of which are Black owned. “Since buying items on PurchaseBlack.com myself, I have thrown away several items I have gotten at a local mass retailer because the products from PurchaseBlack were just plain better for me. I believe it’s because they are better suited for my unique needs as an African American.”

Williams was inspired to start PurchaseBlack.com during his graduate MBA studies at the University of Texas. “The director of the Full Time MBA program at UT encouraged me when I asked to independently focus on African American business success. I discovered an opportunity to assist African American businesses and be an asset to the African American community. Through PurchaseBlack.com, African Americans can find products that matter to them, help grow Black owned & Black servicing businesses, and contribute positively to our own community. All we have to do is Buy Black, and my website is where we can do it!”

PurchaseBlack.com launched on November 29th, 2013, and within its first few days has gotten tens of thousands of views and its founder has appeared on national television.

You can connect with purchaseblack on their Facebook page, @PurchaseBlack on Twitter, Youtube, or on Google Plus. If your business is interested in opening a free webstore on the website, click “Become A Seller” at the bottom of the PurchaseBlack front page for information.

Amanda Drinkall and Rufus Collins set to sizzle in Venus in Fur By David Ives at Goodman Theatre

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Joanie Schultz directs the Chicago Premiere of the Broadway Smash Sensation, March 8 – April 13, 2014; tickets on sale January 24

CHICAGO, IL – Goodman Theatre heats up 2014 with Venus in Fur—a “smart, sexy, sinister comedy” (Vogue) and “suspense-packed study of the erotics (and the semiotics) of power” (New York Times)—penned by theatrical mastermind David Ives. In her Goodman mainstage debut, Joanie Schultz directs the Chicago premiere production of the Broadway triumph that earned two Tony nominations, two Drama League nominations and a Drama Desk nomination. Rufus Collins (Broadway’s The Royal Family and To Be or Not To Be) portrays playwright/director Thomas Novachek and Amanda Drinkall (Great Expectations at Strawdog Theatre Company, Measure for Measure at the Goodman;) portrays Vanda Jordan—the preternaturally talented actress whose audition for the gifted-but-demanding playwright/director’s new work becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. The design team includes Todd Rosenthal (set), Mikhail Fiksel (sound), Jenny Mannis (costumes) and Keith Parham (lights). Alden Vasquez is the production stage manager and Kathleen Petroziello is the stage manager. Headshots and bio information can be found in the Press Room. Venus in Fur runs March 8 – April 13 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, March 18). Tickets ($25-$86; subject to change) go on sale January 24, 2014 and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org/Venus, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is the Major Corporate Sponsor for Venus in Fur.

“Joanie is a rising star director who has steadily been making a name for herself all over town; we are thrilled to have her direct the Chicago premiere of Venus in Fur—a sexy, mesmerizing play by the talented David Ives,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “She’s picked two actors who are perfectly suited to these dominating characters.”

A former Maggio Directing Fellow for the Goodman, Schultz “has emerged as one of the city’s strongest and most stylistically adaptable directors” (Chicago Sun-Times). She most recently directed The Whale at Victory Gardens, where she is an artistic associate, in a production hailed as “lean, raw and vital” (Chicago Tribune) and “a new height of efficiently heartwrenching storytelling (for Schultz)” (Time Out Chicago).

“David Ives’ Venus in Fur is a taut masterpiece in its balance of tension, humor, mystery and sexiness. A play about an audition for a play, David has also created a sort of love note to the theater,” said Joanie Schultz, whose previous work at the Goodman includes the workshop production of Seth Bockley’s Ask Aunt Susan for the 2012 New Stages Festival. “I’m excited to share a glimpse of the magic that takes place in a rehearsal room in this exciting play with these brilliant actors.”

Amanda Drinkall, who appeared in Falls’ production of Measure for Measure last season, was recently included in the Chicago Tribune’s Top 10 Performances of 2013 for her work in Great Expectations at Strawdog Theatre Company; Chief Critic Chris Jones hailed her “classy and complex, Drinkall had twin acting assignments; (she) seemed to capture both of them at once in strikingly profound ways.” On working with Schultz and Venus in Fur, Drinkall remarked, “Besides being eager for the chance to dig into such an engaging script, I’m really looking forward to working with Joanie Schultz. I haven’t had the privilege of collaborating with many female directors, so adding a woman of her caliber to the list is really exciting!”

On his Goodman and Chicago debut, New York-based Rufus Collins commented, “I got a taste of Joanie’s inventive approach to this edgy sexy play during auditions and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with her and Amanda. The story of Thomas and Vanda is erotic, but it’s also funny and dramatic.  Our challenge is to bring out all the elements of this tantalizing script.”

The Broadway production of Venus in Fur was counted among the “Best of 2011” by the New York Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and The Wall Street Journal, among others. On the heels of its Broadway run, the play was licensed for production in more than 40 regional theaters across the US and Canada, with plans underway for 26 different countries. When Vanda (Amanda Drinkall) arrives several hours late to her audition for a play—based on the nineteenth-century erotic novel Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch—the director, Thomas (Rufus Collins), is less than impressed. But Vanda’s surprisingly masterful performance of the script flips Thomas’ expectations and turns the session into a tango for dominance between actress and director, woman and man.

David Ives (Playwright) is the author of the one-act comedies All in the Timing (Outer Critics Circle Award) and Time Flies. His full-length plays include The School For Lies (adapted from Moliere’s The Misanthrope, Classic Stage Company), The Heir Apparent (adapted from J-F Regnard’s comedy, Shakespeare Theatre Company), New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza (Hull-Warriner Award), Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain), White Christmas, Polish Joke and Ancient History. He has translated Feydeau’s classic farce A Flea in Her Ear, Yazmina Reza’s drama A Spanish Play and Pierre Corneille’s 1643 comedy The Liar. He is the author of three young-adult novels: Monsieur Eek, Scrib and Voss, and he has adapted 32 American musicals for New York City’s beloved Encores! series. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting.

Joanie Schultz (Director) is a Chicago-based freelance director. She previously directed the workshop production of Ask Aunt Susan for the 2011/2012 New Stages Festival. Recent credits include the Chicago premiere of The Whale at Victory Gardens; Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey at Remy Bumppo; Neighborhood 3 at Strawdog Theatre; and Luther at Steep Theatre, where she is an artistic associate and previously directed The Receptionist, A Brief History of Helen of Troy and the Jeff Award-winning In Arabia We’d All be Kings. Other credits include the world premiere of fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life at Steppenwolf Theatre for Young Adults; The Girl in the Yellow Dress at Next Theatre; the Jeff nominated production of The Kid Thing, a co-production of About Face Theatre and Chicago Dramatists; The Metal Children at Next Theatre; Wreckage and Many Loves for Caffeine Theatre; Shining City for Redtwist Theatre; The Ring Cycle for the Building Stage; and A Perfect Wedding and Stone Cold Dead Serious for Circle Theatre. She has also directed the operas Acis and Galatea at Chicago Cultural Center, which was also the first fully staged opera on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage in Millennium Park; Suor Angelica for Italian Operatic Experience in Tuscany; and Carmen for the Bay View Music Festival. Schultz holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University; was a New York Drama League Fellow; The Goodman Theatre’s Michael Maggio Directing Fellow; the SDC Denham Fellow; was a participant in the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab; currently teaches directing at Columbia College Chicago; and is an artistic associate with Victory Gardens Theater. She was also the 2013 Co-Artistic Curator for Theater on the Lake, Chicago Park District’s summer theater showcase.

Google: Stop Going Through my Private Emails

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I don’t like the idea of Google searching through my private emails about my health, my finances, and my personal relationships in order to show me ads about mortgages or pain killers. I understand that Google has to make money with ads, but this is a clear invasion of privacy.

Not only that, but people who are not Gmail users STILL have their emails read when they email someone who is using Gmail. Those people have not even agreed to Google’s terms of service!

We must stand up for our privacy online. Please sign this petition today asking Google to stop going through your private emails in order to sell ads!

Illinois Combats Antibiotic Resistance

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Investigation of cluster of antibiotic-resistant bacteria highlights

SPRINGFIELD, IL –The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is instituting innovative health care-associated infection prevention programs and is a national leader in the control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections, which usually occur in hospital and nursing home patients and can be extremely difficult to treat.

This expertise proved valuable when patients were exposed to CRE while undergoing a specialized endoscopic procedure at Advocate Lutheran Hospital. The incident is included in this week’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

“IDPH, the Cook County Department of Public Health, the CDC and Advocate Lutheran Hospital worked together as an investigative team to identify CRE infections and discover the source of the outbreak,” IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said. “It is this type of coordinated effort that is vital to stopping CRE infections from spreading.”

Enterobacteriaceae are a family of more than 70 bacteria including E. coli that normally live in the digestive system. Some of these bacteria have become resistant to most antibiotics, including a group of antibiotics known as carbapenems, often referred to as “last-resort” antibiotics. The bacteria can kill up to half of patients who get CRE bloodstream infections. In addition to spreading among patients, often on the hands of health care personnel, CRE bacteria can transfer their resistance to other bacteria.

IDPH has been working for years to identify and stop the spread of antibiotic resistant organisms.

· In 2012, IDPH engaged 254 hospitals and long term care facilities in the Illinois Collaborative to Eliminate Clostridium difficile infections (a common cause of bacterial diarrhea in hospitalized patients).

· In November 2013, IDPH began using an Extremely Drug Resistant Organism (XRDO) registry to track CRE and improve communication among health care facilities caring for patients with CRE infections.

· Currently, IDPH is forming a task force with nationally recognized CRE experts, including representatives from the CDC funded Prevention Epicenter located in Chicago.

· In 2014, IDPH will run a state-wide collaborative on antibiotic stewardship to support practices aimed at responsible antibiotic use.

Hospital infection rates can be found in the Illinois Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Healthcare at http://www.healthcarereportcard.illinois.gov/.

Raising awareness of disease outbreaks is important to help prevent the spread of illness. Such communications are one of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s priorities outlined in is Five Year Strategy 2014-2013. For a copy of the strategic plan, visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/StrategicPlan_Final_2014-2018.pdf

Dark Matter Coffee and Active Transportation Alliance team up to fuel advocacy and events

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Dark Matter Coffee now the Preferred Coffee for Active Transportation Alliance

CHICAGO, IL — Active Transportation Alliance announces a new year-round partnership with Chicago-based Dark Matter Coffee, making the premier artisan coffee roasters a sponsor at 2014 fundraising special events and outreach campaigns.

“Dark Matter is committed to powering people who utilize active transportation like biking, walking and transit. We’re also proud to help power the advocacy efforts of Active Trans,” said Kyle Hodges, Minister of Propaganda, Dark Matter Coffee. “Our double-strength iced coffee will be the perfect kick for bike commuters this summer.”

As the Preferred Coffee of the Active Transportation Alliance, Dark Matter Coffee will be available for bike commuters on Winter Bike to Work Day Tuesday, January 21 (hot, of course) and during Bike Commuter Challenge Pit Stops June 13 through 20 this summer.

As a sponsor, Dark Matter Coffee will also donate coffee for Active Trans’ outreach campaigns and sell coffee at MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive May 25 and Four-Star Bike Tour Sept. 7. Dark Matter Coffee samples will also be available at the start of the new Bike to Brew ride Saturday, July 26.

“Coffee is great fuel for a bike ride or commute,” said Ron Burke, Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “We are thrilled to have Dark Matter Coffee on our side and available for our event participants.”

In August of 2007, Star Lounge Coffee Bar was established in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago by Jesse Diaz. By February 2008 Dark Matter Coffee was launched, with a mission to educate the community on how to roast, brew, serve, taste and appreciate a great cup of coffee. Dark Matter Coffee adheres to a philosophy where quality coffees are sourced, based on trace-ability, innovation and social responsibility. Known for imaginative blends, unique single origins, and innovative iced coffee, Dark Matter Coffee is one of the premier artisan roasters in the country. For information, visit www.darkmattercoffee.com.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

Author releases new fictional novel “Immaculate Deception” about an international Vatican-based counterfeiting ring

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The new book by Donald Tucker unleashes Secret Service agent Wes Charles on the pedophile priests running a slick international Vatican-based counterfeiting ring

Phoenix, AZ (BlackNews.com) — Immaculate Deception, by Donald Tucker, begs the question about divine dispensation, papal politics and Catholic controlled courts. The Vatican may not act, but Agent Wes Charles will. Charles has put notorious counterfeiter Tony Masella behind bars once. Called in by the DC Bureau, it is time to put him away again. Masella is part of a slick international Vatican-based counterfeiting ring run by world-famous couturier “Peppi” Giuseppe Tubiano and his lover, “Father Ira”.

Agent Charles teams up with smoky-eyed Italian police officer Angela Micele, her sexy friend Maria Pelino and her cousin Nicky from the Vatican Swiss Guard to revenge a murdered agent and take down the ring of priestly perversion hiding under the protection of the Vatican and its attempts to nullify inquiries into cases involving priests committing child abuse.

Author Donald Tucker graduated in 1961 from the University of Iowa with a BA in Sociology/Criminology. He began his career as an undercover agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in Chicago, Illinois, in the toughest neighborhoods during the most challenging periods in this country’s history. Tucker later transferred to the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), setting records for prodigious undercover work while also protecting the highest level of dignitaries, including the President and the Pope.

The ebook version of Immaculate Deception, ISBN 9781622874682, published by First Edition Design Publishing, is available online wherever ebooks are sold. The 286-page print book version, ISBN 9781622874699, was published by First Edition Design Publishing and distributed worldwide to online booksellers.

For more details, visit contact dontuckerbooks@gmail.com or visit www.donaldwtucker.com

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author Donald Tucker

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